Due to the weather conditions, the cemetery’s grounds are closed to the general public for walking and sightseeing, however, the cemetery’s administration office is open. The cemetery’s grounds are open to vehicular traffic for visitation of loved ones, however, please be aware that conditions might not be suitable for visitors to walk to the gravesite, and visitors will have to make that determination when they arrive. Pedestrians coming to visit loved ones may be escorted by our security personnel, to the gravesite, but there is no guarantee that the security personnel will be able to find the location due to conditions at the gravesite.
Notable People Jazz Appreciation Month - The Woodlawn Cemetery
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Jazz Appreciation Month
During the Month of April we honor the musicians, composers and producers who created jazz, “America’s Music.” At the dawn of the Jazz Age and the beginning of the Harlem Renaissance, the Woodlawn Subway Station opened, connecting the cemetery to most of the city. With a tradition of caring for the diverse New York population, the families of many of the musicians and performers turned to Woodlawn at their time of need. In the south west section of our grounds, the pioneers of jazz, King Oliver, WC Handy and members of the James Reese Europe band are remembered. Sculpture, granite grave markers and marble monuments commemorate the lives of the great performers of the era, Florence Mills, Irene and Vernon Castle and Bert Williams. Each year thousands of visitors go to Woodlawn’s “Jazz Corner” where the maestro, Duke Ellington is at rest. Nearby, visitors find Miles Davis’ song “Solar” etched on his memorial. High on the neighboring hill etched in black granite there is an image of Jackie McLean playing the saxophone. Nearby stands a monument where swing dancer Frankie Manning performs the Lindy Hop. Be Bop drummer Max Roach is honored with a poem and Lionel Hampton, “King of the Vibes” is “Flying Home.” The Woodlawn Cemetery is known internationally for its jazz legacy. As the flowers of spring unfold, the cemetery offers programs, performances and tours as a part of the national celebration of Jazz Appreciation month and to pay tribute to those who changed our lives and taught us how to swing.
NOTABLE JAZZ LEGACY
Opened in 1863, this final resting place is an excellent starting point to learn more about our notable jazz legacy buried here, such as Roy Campbell, Jr.,Jean Baptiste “Illinois” Jacquet, Florence Mills, Harry Herbert Pace, Clark Terry, Johnny Windhurst and so many more . Visits can be coordinated via Private Tours or they can be conducted independently through our Mobile App.
HISTORY PRESERVED, GENERATIONS CONNECTED
You can create your own legacy and secure your place
among some of Woodlawn’s most notable jazz legacy.